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Women’s Day 2023 Message by President Thoba Poyo Dlwati, 09 Aug 2023

We can never forget to pay tribute and honour all the brave women who stood against injustice and marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of the repressive pass laws to women, thus charting the path to a just, equal, and inclusive South Africa.

It is an important day in our calendar as we continue to face different challenges in the present-day South Africa including gender-based violence, poverty, inequality, and corruption.

Visit the Resources page to view documents, forms, AGMs, newsletters, media statements and speeches.

About US

The South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges was formed in August 2004 and was formally inaugurated by the then South African President Thabo Mbeki at a ceremony on 8 August 2004. He expressed that in the construction of a genuine democracy it imposes an obligation to end the clearly unjust situation of the gross under-representation of women in our judiciary. Hence the establishment of this Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges must be the attainment of the vitally important objective of gender equality as a feature of the democracy we are striving to construct in South Africa.


The Chapter is a juristic person. It is a non-profit and non-governmental organization. A firm resolution is the empowerment of female judicial officers, who are magistrates and judges. The creation of an inclusive judiciary is its principle aim and focus. The membership of the Chapter comprises both Judges and Magistrates and seeks to bring together judicial officers in South Africa who embrace the objectives of the Chapter and the International Association of Women Judges. The South African Chapter welcomes all judicial officers, regardless of gender, race, or rank in the judicial hierarchy, with the aim of promoting solidarity among judicial officers....read more


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Email Vice President Publications at Sadjacobs@justice.gov.za


Follow this link to view the profiles of the members of the Executive.


Justice Maya

Deputy President

Thoba Poyo-Dlwati

Vice President: Publications

Sadia Jacobs

Assistant Vice President: Publications

Caroline Nicholls

Vice President: Programs

Ruby Matthys

Assistant Vice-President: Programs

Mikateko Mabobo


Jinx Bhoola


Anthia Ramos

Assistant Secretary

Tshadi Leshomo


The South African Chapter promotes the participation of its members in national and international conferences, judicial exchanges, fora seminars and training programs in order to increase their understanding of the broad range of social, economic psychological and cultural factors that affect and/or influence women who interact with or are affected by the justice system. Further the Chapter supports programmes and activities to discourage violence and abuse in our society, with particular focus on violence against women, children and other vulnerable groups in support of a violence-free society.


One of our primary objectives is facilitating and encouraging the exchange of information on issues of mutual interest, to look at challenges of women leadership in the judiciary and to bridge the gap, being the lack of communication, between Lower and Higher Courts...read more


Visit the Resources page to view membership information, documents, forms, AGMs, newsletters, media statements and speeches.


complete the SAC IAWJ Membership Application Form to join us in becoming a part of the network of judicial officers around the world who empower women so that day to day problems of women and children can be properly resolved through judicial systems.


Follow this link to complete the SAC IAWJ Stop Order Form authorizing Persal to deduct the monthly subscription from my salary.

Contact Us



Email: ARamos@justice.gov.za
Postal Address: Magistrates Court Kuilsriver, Private Bag X1, Kuilsriver, 7580
Street Address: 122 Van Riebeek Road, Kuilsriver, 7580
Telephone Number: 071 674 1672

Assistant Secretary


Email: tleshomo@justice.gov.za
Cell number: 083 284 4755




Email: CBhoola@judiciary.org.za
Private Bag 909, Stilfontein, 2551, South Africa